Welcome Dr. Bruce Lesley
Music Director and Organist

Northside welcomes Dr. Bruce Lesley as our new Music Director and Organist.  At the business meeting on August 13, the Personnel and Music Director Search Committees recommended, and the church approved Dr. Bruce Lesley for the position of Music Director and Organist. Dr. Lesley will begin work for us on September 1.  He will also be teaching at Northwest Rankin Middle School.  


Dr. James Bruce Lesley is Associate Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Choral Activities Emeritus from Mississippi State University in Starkville.  Preceding his appointment as Director of Choral Activities, he taught Voice to Music Majors, Minor Voice, Class Voice, Music Assessment, and Conducting. Prior to his appointment at Mississippi State University, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.  He is past Director of Choral Activities and Music Teacher for public schools in Tupelo. He has a Doctor of Arts in Music Education from University of Mississippi, and is a proficient accompanist and conductor.

For 18 years, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. He has served in other churches in Mississippi and Alabama, both as music director and as organist and pianist, including Baptist Churches in Starkville.


Bruce’s philosophy of church music is to “offer unto God our best, and to help the congregation have the best musical experience so the Holy Spirit can do a work in them with the help of the message of the pastor and reading of God's word.” He is excited about growing with the fellowship of Northside, and we are blessed to welcome someone with his gifts and experience.